1362 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009
it might explain other strange phenomena like odd socks being eaten by the washing machine
This has already sufficiently been explained and got nothing to do with crazy universe models: it's the other pieces of clothing agreeing on sacrificing a sock to the Great God of Washing. Proof: put only one sock on its own through the washing cycle and it won't disappear - socks usually are not suicidal.
Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
On a more serious note, I'd say it could potentially bypass today's missile defences. Once such weapons become feasible surely the development of defence systems wouldn't stagnate.
"Happily no one was hurt"
No dauntless playmonaut on board? No wonder it failed.
Re "...can lead to internal friction"
internal friction aka corporate masturbation.
nah, that'd be "nM"
SF writers may be technophobes. I'm neither of which. But I still think MS Word is crap for writing anything more than a couple of pages.
"Microsoft is losing the hearts and minds of British Science Fiction writers"
Both of them.
Re: must be a Europe thing?
MondoMan, not only in the US where the lower-to-middle end hotel chains supply...free wifi and others don't. Yes, I'm looking e.g. at you, bloody Renaissance in Brussels.
No matter what. She's everywhere.
Re: Nubile young women lusting...
Dude, I see what you mean. That's why you should retire to the cave you emerged from. Shoo!
Which audio format sounds better?
There's an interesting Gruaniad article on "how much difference is there between MP3, CD and 24-bit audio?" So far so good. Unfortunately, not a blind and let alone a double blind test was applied and hence, as any ful no, the conclusions are utter bollocks.
It's about data, data transformation, data compression and science. Wouldn't you, El Reg, not be in a much better position to do such research the proper scientific way? (Heck, I might even try to attempt it myself if I found some time...)
Can someone please help me?
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari ... but it turns out that his former employer Atari had even better balls than him
It's not my brightest day, I'm almost falling asleep and I just can't relate the headline to the article.
Re: The mind boggles.
We can only hope you are right, jake, we can only hope...
Re: Philosophical question
Did they issue an ASBO?
the gras is greener on the other side
So, the poor chicken would continuously be crossing the road until it starves?
(wouldn't be that surprised...)
Re: Ever kept chickens?
Of course, it's brain-dead. I mean, it successfully committed suicide, ceased to exist, popped its clogs, kicked the bucket: dead, brain-dead!
How may snaps in a row?
They didn't mention that the camera can only capture one frame at that speed before having to recover for umpteen milliseconds. Of course, I don't know - I'm just asking.
Re: Aiding and Abetting?
...wannabe crime novelists and fifty people with ghoulish imaginations...
Shoot 'em all! I thought current custom was to at least ban them from flying?
Re: As always, good work
And to misquote you "a single spike mounted into the rear", you are a bit of a pervert. (Or is that me?)
"Yes, we know, the weekend has come early this week...."
Indeed, that's my last working day of the week - for the whole nation here, apparently. How did you know?
That's just enough to send my boss into space. $5m you say? Put it on travel expenses, but make sure he signs it before his departure.
Re: Water supplies?
Drop by if you need a glass of water.
JeffyPoooh, you aren't American, are you? Otherwise you'd be armed to your teeth to protect your well from every intruder. Anyway, around here it's also wells. And if someone makes it to my place he/she's very welcome to get some water, even more than a glass.
Re: US Immigration
Can't really confirm the absence of humour. When I arrived there with the significant other, we were asked for how long we've been together. "How long?! And you aren't married? Go to Vegas!!"
Then again, probably he was serious... But at least friendly.
Re: Do you suppose it's suspicious...
Not only suspicious. I'd certainly say you are a TERRORIST!
Re: Nah... if it had been dumped from the air
Splattered, yes. The much smaller seagull poo splatters as well but it's still freaking disgusting if it hits you.
I don't believe you. If you were in Mexico you wouldn't be able to post that quickly.
AC/DC != DC/AC
Re: "Vorsprung durch grossendatatechnik" @AC
I beg to differ. This being El Reg's comments I crossed out the "right" word.
Re: "Vorsprung durch grossendatatechnik" @AC
Wow! Können wir starten einen Deutschen thread in El Reg
Re: "Vorsprung durch grossendatatechnik"
Nein, leserlich ist es schon, nur etwas zerfrickelt.
Gut für uns grammar Nazis! (Guys, what's grammar nazi in German?)
Vorsprung durch Grossdatentechnik, is rather what they'd like to say in Germany.
I do understand why the driver abandoned the car when Adele came on stereo. But wouldn't it be easier to simply switch it off or to a different radio station?
Re: It does make a difference
Couldn't agree more (well, the case with the drunk in the backseat sounds rather silly though).
Now for something completely off topic but as you being a Scottish cop, by any chance do you happen to be in Aberdeenshire? You know, your indeed very friendly colleagues in Fraserburgh still have a 35mm film roll or two of mine, which they were supposed to send me back about ten years ago... Guess I have to write them off, don't I? ;-)
"... it is no more distracting that talking to the passengers who are in the car with you"
Handheld vs hands-free
Besides the obvious "banning didn't affect the use" comment, IIRC there were already studies which showed that whether using a mobile handheld or hands-free didn't really make a difference and both distracted the driver equally.
Back then (the original three) they were just great! It's space, it's light sabers, it's laser guns, and a girl - what's not to like. Years later I sat in the cinema for Episode I. And fell asleep instantly. Couldn't be bothered to watch any other one - did I miss something?
Re: I fear robot rebellion
So, on one hand I wear a robo-hand and in the other carry a cattle prod to defeat it whenever need be?
There was me, expecting something like Thing T. Thing...
innocent or guilty
The creepy part is not this facial recognition system but that they keep mug shots of innocent people.
Re: CIA spooks now to go hungry?
Chef is German for "head of" or Boss.
I know, I know. But I chose to ignore...
Re: CIA spooks now to go hungry?
But what did he do wrong? Stealing recipes for cooking Kraut and Wurst?
"...someone can post stuff in my name."
"The worst that can happen with my setup on el Reg is that someone can post stuff in my name."
Oh well, that happens to me All The Time! All of my silly, offensive or just in general rubbish comments (like this very one) were written by an unknown idiot on the 'net who posts stuff in my name, using my fake e-mail address and simple password.
Re: spot on
Exactly. Only that for some websites I use unique crap e-mail addresses - when I receive spam on those I know which bastard sold it on.
It actually is rather sensible advice by those security researchers. I think you should reconsider who the idiot is.
Our focus on speed should not be taken seriously.
Re: Another worrying thought?
Sarcasm? Where did you see sarcasm?
Anyway, from my experience in dealing with some gov't "officials" they neither understand sarcasm nor irony. But do you believe they could've built a machine to help them with such?
Re evil plan
There is no evil plan. It's all for the Greater Good.
I only skim-read the article but what I got was that this mind-reading device is useful for taking hands-free pictures of one's dump? Very useful and hygienic, if someone's interested in that sort of snaps.
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